Your car’s alternator is a generator. It’s the link between the gas tank and battery, converting mechanical energy from the serpentine belt into electrical energy that tops off the battery and powers on-board devices. It is important that your alternator works correctly, or the battery charge will run out more rapidly. Rather than becoming stranded, Read on! →


BMW has announced a recall of more than 32,000 cars in North America for an issue that could pose a fire hazard. The problem is with a component that can smolder; it’s found in models made between 2008 and 2011 equipped with turbocharged 8- and 12-cylinder engines Water pump circuit boards going kaput BMW, according to Read on! →


Swedish automaker Saab has been on the ropes for years, but the firm may have been saved by two Chinese auto firms. A last minute agreement by Zhejiang Youngman Lotus and Pang Da to purchase Saab appears to have saved it from liquidation. Possible end to Saab story Earlier this year, it was announced that Read on! →


For good or ill, governments and a good cross section of people want to diminish the “carbon footprint” or emissions of carbon dioxide, of human civilization. It isn’t so much that cars aren’t contributing, but some information about cars carbon footprint might be surprising. Study suggests a dog is equal to a cars carbon footprint Read on! →


Parents the world over have bestowed the Nintendo DS, a handheld game console, upon their children. However, there may be a reason to confiscate the portable game system on road trips, partially because they are noisy and because the Nintendo DS can be used as a satellite navigation system. Defeat Bowser then turn left in Read on! →


For many individuals without much income, a vehicle can make a huge difference. A new study by the Consumer Federation of America has found that many low-income families pay disproportionately high prices for vehicle insurance. The insurance requirement Forty-nine of the 50 states in the United States require all drivers to have vehicle insurance of Read on! →


In the late 1970s, General Motors started putting microprocessor-based controls in its vehicles. Since then, electronic control units have become the biggest source of innovation and cost in vehicles. With the use of electronic control units expected to do nothing but grow, it is important to understand what exactly they do and how secure they Read on! →


American motorists have been slow to embrace electric vehicles for many reasons. The cost and the lack or range and infrastructure are chief among them. Still others may be deciding to wait a bit until all the bugs have been worked out. Indeed, recalls and accusations of battery fires have plagued more than one major Read on! →


Most car companies use fuel efficiency as part of their overall marketing schemes. However, a recently released study by an MIT economist found that cars haven’t been gaining as much fuel economy as commercials would have us believe. TV is lying to us again Just about every car maker emphasizes the fuel efficiency for some, Read on! →


The world’s largest market for automobiles It comes as no great surprise that China is now the world’s largest market for automobiles, and presumably, automobile financing. After all, with more than 1.3 billion people, its population is now more than four times that of the United States. What’s startling, however, is the rate at which Read on! →